Maldives in Crisis

Government of Maldives declares State of Emergency

  • State of Emergency declared on Monday
  • Issued for a period of 15 days
  • Came after days of unrest in the country

Rushdha Rasheed

K. Male' 2018 Feb 05 | Mon 21:28 6,408 local

President's Office - Mohamed Sharuhaan

The Government of Maldives has declared State of Emergency in the nation.

The State of Emergency will be in place for a period of 15 days. 

State of Emergency announcment was made by Minister of Legal Affairs at the President's Office, Aishath Azima Shakoor. 

The order released by the President, under the powers granted from 20 clauses of the Constitution, had curtailed several rights. 

Under the State of Emergency the following Rights have been curtailed:

  • Article 24: Privacy
  • Article 29: Freedom of information
  • Article 31: Right to Strike
  • Article 32: Freedom of Assembly
  • Article 43: Fair and Administrative Action
  • Article 44: Personal Liability
  • Article 45: No unlawful arrest or detention
  • Article 46: Power of arrest and detention
  • Article 47: Search and seizure
  • Article 49: Right Release of accused
  • Article 50: Right Prompt investigation and prosecution
  • Article 56: Right to appeal
  • Article 58: Right to Compensation
  • Article 65: Application to Court to obtain a remedy
  • Article 99: Summoning persons
  • Article 100: Removal of President or Vice President
  • Article 101 Vote of no confidence in member of the cabinet.
  • Article 113: Jurisdiction of the Supreme Court
  • Article 145 (c) Supreme Court as final authority on the interpretation of the constitution, law or any other matter dealt with by a court of law.
  • Criminal procedure act Judicature act 12 and 14

The announcement was made after days of political unrest in the country.

Last updated at: 4 days ago | Reviewed by: Ali Yoosuf

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